Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
R.L. Seago, age old enough to know better, too old to care…lol
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I have been married to my best friend and muse Anna for almost 29 years. We have 2 fur babies, Bella and Sophie. We have a daughter Angel, two grandsons and one great granddaughter Ella Rose. I am retired/disabled after 40 years in healthcare, and am a former Navy Hospital Corpsman having served from 1980-1985.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just released 2 new novels in November 2018, The Wages of Sin and There Are None So Blind.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My freshman year I elected a journalism class for an “easy A’ and was hooked on writing
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my first novella came out, The Chains That Bind, I finally realized that hey, I’m a writer
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My time in the military gave me so much background, plus working in healthcare for almost 40 years. Talk about opening Pandora’s Box.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I think each of my novels have decided their own titles
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I believe in letting the characters dictate the story, the events, and ultimately the ending. I am simply there to put it in the proper format.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The events not so much, but I do think that society as a a whole gives you everything you could need or want to write a novel
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not much, except my extensive travels around the world open up a whole new areas to explore.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
A young lady in England has done all of my covers. I met her through a mutual contact, and loved her design ideas. Her name is Lindsay Anne Kendall, and I highly recommend her work.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Depends on the book. For Chains, it would be, “be careful who or what you do or hurt, because there are no time restraints on revenge. As for my others, I think the message is in the story itself. Loyalty, love, betrayal, all which give us things to think about
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
As for new writers, none come quickly to mind, although the amount of exceptional talent out there is almost scary. As for my favorites I would say John Steinbeck ( I adore Of Mice and Men) James Patterson, Stephen King and of course Dean Koontz.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The first person to buy a copy of the original The Chains That Bind came up to me several weeks later and said she loved the story, but was pissed off ( her words, not mine) that there was no room for a sequel, which I had never even considered. That night my wife and I sat down, came up with the idea of a prequel and went straight to work.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Maybe a second career. Being retired I have lots of time on my hands, so yes, I guess I am embarked on my second career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Maybe add a dog to the story. I have dogs prominently features in every book, but this one it just didn’t seem to fit
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned how dark, depraved and truly scary a writers mind can be.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Depends on the book. For Voices the character of Samuel (antagonist) I would love to see Jeffrey dean Morgan. In None So Blind, for Cassidy I would love Jessica Alba or Jessica Biel
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write, write, rewrite and write some more. Your work will never be perfect enough for you, as we are our own worst critics, but you will know when you get to that place of happiness with your work. Ignore the nasty, negative reviews…even a bad review has benefit. It is not personal
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for reading my works…for someone to take their time and money and invest in my story is the greatest compliment I can get
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
John Steinbeck’s East of Eden
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Rascal by Sterling North
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Cruelty to animals and children makes my blood boil and can even evoke tears, the bad kind. Our great grandaughter Ella can make me laugh even at the worst of times
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Martin Luther King. I would love to hear his voice and listen to him as he strives to make us all better humans
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Movies, concerts, the occasional trip to Reno or Lake Tahoe
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Comedies, thriller and a good suspenseful horror movie
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Chinese food, hot chicken wings, pizza. Red and blue. I love old country, even into the early 80-90’s, old 70’ rock and roll, and even some soft rock when I am writing
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Read more, work in my shop, maybe travel more
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my wife, daughter and friends talking and laughing about old times
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Loyal husband, father, grand and great grandfather and TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/RLSEAGO, OR I EVEN INVITE PEOPLE TO MY personal email firstname.lastname@example.org